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captaincardigan

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Any news on why Kevin Ash died?

I was very saddened when the news came through that Kevin had died while testing the new BMW GSs in South Africa.

He was an intelligent campaigner for motorcycling and had a good handle on Govt and EU attempts to legislate us off the roads and is sorely missed.
At the time BMW would give no info on what had happened or even if he was riding at the time. 
Does anyone have any knowledge of what actually happened as he was a very experienced rider?
Thanks.

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

I haven't heard anything

as yet, try a google of it and let us know

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Diablere

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Diablere says:

i'd heard

it was a standard road traffic accident/collision with another vehicle. not his fault and nothing he could do about it!:upset:

don't quote or shout if thats wrong, tis the word on the net!

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mostlyslowly

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mostlyslowly says:

Possibly

kept quiet for the sake of his family?

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

or...

a criminal investigation.

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captaincardigan

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Re Kevin Ash

Just found this on pistonheads:

<<I did a piece on Kevin for Bikerglory, he was incredibly positive and helpful from the start. Bg is investigative orientated and Kevin knew that mainstream bike journalism was at heart very conservative (which over the years provided an uncritical environment for smooth operators). Put it this way. Kevin got it. 

I've been in touch with contacts in SA. Kevin crashed off road, got up and was hit by the following rider. This probably isn't the time or place to get into a debate about the new GS's abilities off road but it does highlight the fact that this class of machine is essentially a sports tourer in adventure drag: no 21 inch front wheel, over 200 kilos and so on. BMW withdrew all the launch bikes for technical examination as one would expect and again, as one would expect, are not commenting. There will of course be an inquest. We're all vulnerable, irrespective of age or experience, and that is the bottom line. Kevin: http://www.bikerglory.com/?p=2898>>

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captaincardigan

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Re Kevin Ash

And this from the local newspaper:

Pretty grim for the following rider as well who will have to live with this even if there was nothing he could do at the time.

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babyrocket

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babyrocket says:

so very

sad, to me he was THEmost reasoned voice in motorcycling, clever, good with his hands and a typewriter, too many of us dont realise exactly what he contributed to biking over the years, a true legend.R.I.P

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